I firmly believe that the life of an SLP should be musically documented daily. It would keep things interesting, right? Anyways, I have a new compilation of songs that SLPs must sing to their speech students. If you want some more fun Songs SLP Should Sing you can check out my blog post HERE (love #9) and HERE (#2 sing it the first month of school).
Sometimes our emotions in the therapy room are better emulated in song. I hope you love my latest recommendations and I encourage you to belt those tunes out at work. It will keep ya in a way better mood during therapy, I promise.
Songs SLPs Should Sing To Their Speech Students
1. Whoop there it is – Tag Team
This song should be reserved any time a student makes a sound for the VERY first time. It is the perfect student feedback when they hear ya sing “whoomp there it is.”
2. We Can Work It Out- The Beatles
Whenever things are a bit tricky in speech therapy, you can bust out this song with your student.
3. Dust Yourself Off And Try Again
Sometimes our students fail in therapy. They share a wrong answer, say the wrong thing or don’t get the right placement for their speech sound. When this happens, you can remind them that when they fail, it is okay! You just have to try again.
4. I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas
To get a positive mood flowing in your speech room, you can sing “I gotta feeling, that today’s gonna be a good, good day.”
5. Emotions by Mariah Carey
Whenever you are feeling an “Emotion” about your students, you can bust out “You got me feeling emotions.” Or you can sing this right before you play “emotion charades” lol.
6. Try by Pink
Sing this song to your students when you need to encourage them to try, even when it is tough! “You gotta get up and try, try, try.”
7. This Is How We Do It by Montell Jordan
Anytime you are teaching a new skill or reviewing the behavioral expectations, you can start it out with “This is how we do”!
8. Say by John Mayer
To encourage your students to use their words, express themselves or to share their opinions or feelings, you can sing a little John Mayer to them. “Say what you need to say. Say what you need to say.”
9. I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles
When you need to hold your students hands on the way to speech, you can sing “I want to hold your hand.” as you lock hands. I always have a few students that NEED to be holding hands or else they may wander off.
10. Somethin’ Bad by Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert
This might be a song you sing in your head. Our SLP intuition is pretty strong. We know when a behavior is about to escalate or when your best laid plans are going to crumble. When you feel like “somethin’ bad about happen”, just hum this song in your head or out loud.
What songs would you sing at work to your speech students?